John Owen pp 43-70 | Cite as

“The Foundation of the Old Testament”: John Owen on Genesis 3:15 as a Window into Reformed Orthodox Old Testament Exegesis

  • Ryan M. McGrawEmail author


This material analyzes Owen’s treatment of Genesis 3:15. By comparing him primarily to the Reformed Bible commentary tradition as well as to samples of didactic (systematic) theology, this essay serves as a window into the vital relationship between theology and exegesis in Reformed orthodoxy. It illustrates partly that, in addition to numerous historical factors, a historical figure’s interpretation of the Bible could contribute to shaping his or her context in its own right. This is an oft-underappreciated aspect of Reformed thought in historical studies.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Systematic TheologyGreenville Presbyterian Theological SeminaryTaylorsUSA
  2. 2.Puritan Reformed Theological SeminaryGrand RapidsUSA

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